Wanted Booty

A friend of mine sent me this link to some amazing mushroom lamps. (Via Inhabit)
I want all of them.

Trip Booty Part 3

That one day that we were stopped in traffic for several hours, we were listening to the only CD we had in the car (one that Sean had bought earlier that week). It was an mp3 CD of every live concert the Russian band Kino performed in 1986.
And this one song was performed in every show. We probably heard it 17 times.
It remains a great song.

Listen Here

Trip Booty Part 2

While in the north of Russia, we came across several “Grannies” (as our translator called them), sitting on the side of the road, knitting away.
These mittens were just one of the many fine samples the crew purchased.
They are awesomely soft.

Trip Booty Part 1

At a souvenir shop in Uzhhorod, Sean picked up this CD. The cover was obviously printed from someone’s home computer and the inside was signed.
Sean, of course, couldn’t resist.

And to our great surprise, it was a treasure.

Listen for yourself

Kiev, Warsaw and Home

Our first day in Kiev, Sean met up with former Kim’s friend, Igor while Reka and I poked around an old flea market. I have been looking for an old Cyrillic typewriter this whole trip.

Later Alice and Max showed us around this crazy building, built by Vladislav Gorodetsky, a famous Ukrainian architect (called the Goudy of Kiev) with accompanying statues by his Italian friend, Emilio Sala. We couldn’t find the lucky alligator, but we had fun looking around. Definitely got some ideas for my dream home.

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Russia and Ukraine (Part 2)

After our long drive (with many cops) we arrived in Petrosovodsk – a medium sized town about 5 hours (or 8 hours if you’re us) north of SPB. Right now our team consists of five: Sean and Reka and I, plus Raphael and one of our translator/fixers, Varvara. It was, as usual, a crowded car ride.

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Russia

Getting into St. Petersburg was easy, we worried too much. No problem at the airport or with the rental car.
We had a nice time the next few days, in and around St. Petersburg. Exploring ruins, eating sushi, watching all the beautiful girls, all with our St. Petersburg fixer, Dmitri, his friend Sergei, and a temporary addition to our crew, Raphael Lyon, who joined us from NY on his way to Germany.

Sunset in St. Petes

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Just passed the halfway mark

Our experience in the mustard-colored party-bus in Slovakia was the equivalent of a smooth-cruising limo next to our ride to see the sunset in Gykliviy. I sat in front, Sean and Reka in the back, in the bed of one very old and well-used ATV. The driver had just gotten some bad news over the phone and between his anger and the several shots of vodka beforehand, he drove, well, aggressively. It was terrifying. Reka and Sean both had battle wounds. Reka is still having trouble sitting. But the sunset was beautiful. (This video does little justice to the sheer terror of the ride.)

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Week 2

So, of course, since I mentioned weather in the last entry, it changed. Our one day in the primeval forest of Bialoweska and it poured so enormously. We were exceptionally lucky – we finished our last shot and within 2 minutes of loading up the car, it was gushing.

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Our first week in Poland

Things are very busy, but a quick update.
We had a great couple of days in Warsaw, then Podlasie and now in Bialowieza. We have an awesome translator (Patrycja) and camera assistant (Bartek). Pierogis here are amazing. And the weather has been pleasant enough. We have a 3 am call time tomorrow, so that’s it for now…

Check back next week for more variety in photography and better anecdotes. Promise.

This week’s video content’s for you, Chip!

Sean, Bartek and our guide Jan

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